View Full Version : Your Local Olympic Coverage - Gold, Silver, Bronze or lead.
08-04-2012, 03:08 AM
What's lower than coal?
08-04-2012, 03:11 AM
08-04-2012, 04:34 AM
To say MCTV Northern Ontario's coverage sucks, is actually being kind. Every other local news station, and I've checked them during the week, in Canada is leading off w/the Games at the start of the 6pm Supper Hour Cast. The only exceptions have been when something very big locally is going on, which of course, is exactly the right thing to do. However, the Games in London aren't even the lead stories of the Sportscast.
But...*But*...The capper for me was a couple of days ago when Canada had our three Bronze medals in the space of 90 minutes. Our lady weightlifter who won the Bronze? Turns out she's not only from Northeastern Ontario, *but* is from Elliott Lake.
I'm sure everyone's read what I have in my location space, as the Mall Collapse really hit that little town *hard* and also hit close to home as a Cousin of mine I'm close to lost a good friend that day. Now...Don't you think that news would warrent being the Lead Story on the news cast? Or even a reporter sent on up there to see how such an uplifting event has helped the Town to have some happy news for the first time in weeks to talk about?
No and No.
In fact, all that was mentioned was that she'd added to Canada's tally. That was it and that was all. I learned about where her hometown/area was thanks to the feature CTV did on her during Olympic Primetime that night.
I don't watch our local news anymore, unless we're having Supper on the rare occasions we don't eat between 4 and 5 and I have no choice, due to just how bad it's gotten. That happened Wednesday night and how I found out just how wretched they've been covering the Games.
The reason I found out about MCTV not covering a Northeastern Ontario medal winner, she lives in BC now, but she was born and raised in NEO, was due to a family friend bopping in yesterday and asking me why on earth MCTV didn't tell us anything about her? She found out that news the same way I did and couldn't understand why nothing was said about it.
She's not the only one.
When I remember just how good MCTV used to be and what it's become now? Beyond sad. Basically all it truly is now, is a Finishing School for Broadcast Journalists. The only ones who stick around now, are ones w/Family in the area. I've lost count how many former MCTV on air anchors or reporters I've seen in other places the last three years.
As I said, it's beyond sad. :(
08-04-2012, 09:28 AM
What's lowest and lower and lower again?
When I heard that Channel 9 had it for FTA, I was thrilled. All right! Now with the switch to digital, they have four channels; I was hoping that they could show Olympics on at least three, and we could, for once, get a variety of sports.
Two channels - mirror broadcasting each other. A mish-mash of sports, as though a five-year-old on red cordial has the remote. But mostly swimming, previews of swimming, fluff about swimming, analysis of swimming, oh my god. And the basketball. We hardly see any of the minor sports, maybe for five seconds while an Australian goes. It's just crazy.
I was also hoping that, during the day, they would replay the coverage in full. Nope. Instead, just a two-hour highlights package mostly involving the Australian commentators analysing why our swimmers have been rubbish this year.
This is crazy! I never thought I'd say it, but PLEASE GIVE IT BACK TO CHANNEL SEVEN!
08-04-2012, 10:57 AM
Free-to-air is 23 hours per day and does two highlight packages and coverage of most events with live coverage of events where we have a real chance to medal. Its also live streaming on the internet.
Our satellite service offers five standard channels also available in HD and a news channel. Means you need to get the sport package which costs $25 a month. I don't normally subscribe to it cause the sport coverage is awful and covers rugby etc which I don't normally watch. You can also get an additional three Olympic channels but that requires purchasing a HD ticket which is a waste of time as I don't have a HD TV and there is no way I can watch eight channels anyway.
I have a DVR system which is pretty much recording two Olympic channels when there is coverage and fortunately I can record delayed coverage of many events as well. Does mean I'm normally continuously behind. Found winter olympics way easier as the time zone was just four hours ahead (21 hours behind NZT) and meant I could record two sports and watch a third live.
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